1. Rehydrates Your Body
Hydration plays a big factor in people’s overall health and well-being. Drinking a glass of water, especially warm water, in the morning after going hours without a sip is a good way to hydrate your body. During sleep, you typically haven’t hydrated for at least eight hours. Giving your body adequate water when you wake up is a great way to prepare your body and your mind for the day ahead.
2. Flushes Out Toxins
Drinking warm water with lemon in the morning is an Ayurvedic practice that helps to clear the digestive tract of toxins that have built up overnight. Lemon water can be a great form of gut detox for your body. The liver is extremely active during sleep, since this is when your body restores and regenerates itself. Drinking lemon water in the morning allows you to flush out the toxins that have built up over night.
Additionally, researchers found that the citric acid in lemons protects liver function and prevents oxidative damage, helping to preserve the liver’s natural ability to detoxify.
3. Aids Digestion and Elimination
Lemon water can help aid digestion and relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and stomach bloating.
If you don’t already have a bowel movement first thing in the morning, drinking lemon water may also help get things moving.
4. Boosts Immune System
As mentioned above, lemons contain vitamin C. When you drink lemon water first thing in the morning, it gives your body an immune boost. However, don’t just drink lemon water when you start feeling sick; add it to your daily routine to help prevent disease. Warm lemon water with a hint of honey can also help alleviate a sore throat.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
Recent studies have found that daily lemon digestion is linked to lowering blood pressure, especially for people who are at high risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol.
6. Boosts Energy Level
Many of us rely on coffee (caffeine) in the morning to wake up, but one of the best benefits of lemon water in the morning is that it can boost your energy! I’ve been drinking lemon water for years first thing in the morning, and on the rare occasion where I go without it, my energy levels dip, and I notice my morning drags.
7. Improves Mood
Staying hydrated and the vitamin C in lemons are also good for reducing the effects of chronic stress by being directly involved in the production of cortisol (stress hormone) in your adrenals. When you are under chronic stress, a common consequence is adrenal fatigue (a depletion of hormones that causes fatigue, body aches, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, etc.). Therefore, vitamin C is essential for the recovery of your adrenal glands.
Additionally, just the scent of lemon has been found to reduce stress levels and help improve mood.
8. Freshens Your Breath
Who doesn’t want fresh breath in the morning? This isn’t to say that drinking lemon water should replace your daily teeth-cleaning habits, but it can help freshen your breath. The citric acid in lemons contains antibacterial properties (as mentioned above) that can kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.
9. Improves Skin Complexion
The vitamin C in lemons also promotes collagen production, which helps produce smooth, healthy skin. In fact, in a study. published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that regularly consuming vitamin C led to younger-looking skin and fewer wrinkles.
10. Supports Weight Loss
Drinking water, especially warm lemon water, first thing in the morning, can help you increase your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight. Warm lemon water is a great way to start your morning, whether you are trying to lose weight or not.